Sunday, December 17

Virat Kohli fastest to reach 25 one-day international hundreds

Virat Kohli slammed his 25th hundred in just his 170th one-day international and 162nd innings, becoming the quickest to get there, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record. The Master Blaster took 234 innings to reach the milestone.

Kohli is now fourth on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in one-day cricket. Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara retired with 25 hundreds from 404 ODIs.

This was Kohli’s second successive hundred after scores of 91 in Perth and 59 in Melbourne. The 27-year-old smashed 117 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Chasing an improbable 349, Kohli walked in after the in-form Rohit Sharma departed for a 25-ball 41. He got off the mark with a boundary when he punished a half-volley from James Faulkner and did not look back since.

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who is on commentary duty for India’s five-match ODI series against Australia had reminded Kohli of a missed ton at the WACA on January 12. Kohli promised Akram he would get two more hundreds before the series got over. And did he live up to his promise.

Kohli was involved in a century-stand with Shikhar Dhawan as India marched strongly towards a record chase on a flat pitch at the Manuka Oval today.

Kohli is now only the second batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to register four successive fifty-plus scores against Australia in Australia. Gavaskar had scores of 59, 92*, 77, 72 in the 1985-86 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

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